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Peewits on the Strawberry Line

The recent snow and heavy rain has flooded many of the fields. The saturated ground must force worms and other grubs to the surface providing a good meal for the ‘Peewits’. We were lucky, as they chose the water logged fields along the Strawberry Line between Congresbury and Churchill. In times past they were a regular winter visitor and it was not unusual to see large flocks circling the low lying fields. But not for some time have I seen this number. An unexpected and most welcome treat.

Click to read full article by Michael Greaves

Proposed exhibition of Violet Graham paintings

Do you have a painting by Violet Graham?

In May of this year we are hoping to stage  an exhibition of Violet’s pictures in Burrington Parish Church.   

Violet Graham: painted scenes of Congresbury

After her retirement from teaching Violet painted many local scenes around Blagdon, Burrington and Congresbury.  It is now some years since Violet died and we felt it would be nice to put together a collection of her works to be exhibited over a weekend in May of this year.  

If you are lucky enough to have one of her pictures, and would be happy to lend it to us for a weekend we would love to hear from you.

Jane Dixon : 01934 862248 jandjdixon@waitrose.com

Mike McLennan: 01761 462586 mandsmcllennan@hotmail.co.uk

One of Violet Graham’s paintings

Flog It for Congresbury!

The fundraising group for Congresbury’s new village hall (CVH) are getting together with Clevedon Salerooms to hold a special valuation event on 27th February to identify auction lots and they hope to raise thousand of pounds for the new village hall by auctioning the donated items. 

Members of the public can bring along any unwanted but interesting and saleable, antique or vintage objects to the new Community Coffee Shop on Broad Street to be valued on the spot by a Clevedon Salesrooms valuer. There will be a £3 valuation charge for one item with subsequent item valuations at just £1.00 each and no fees will be charged if the item/s are put up auction. All valuation and sale proceeds will go directly to CVH funds as Clevedon Salerooms have generously agreed to waive their fees for the CVH lots which will be auctioned in their sale on 21st March.

The valuation event will take place from 2-5pm on Wednesday 27th February but CVH Ltd are happy to receive any suitable items for the auction at any time and can arrange collection and storage before the valuation and auction events. Contact Ron Hall ron.hall43@btinternet.com 07770 738091 or see www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk for further information.

Wassail at the Millenium Orchard

On Saturday 12th January, 2019 at 3pm more than 50 adults, children and pets met at the Youth Club building by the Riverside Car Park to take part in the third village Wassail. The crocodile of folk who were singing and making lots of noise to ward off evil spirits, paraded across the Millenium Green, over the bridge to the orchard. They were led by the Green Man (Brian Kemplay) and the music of Dave Byett with his squeeze box. After a speech by the Green Man the three Congresbury Beauty apples were danced around 3 times in a clockwise direction by villagers making as much noise as possible. The trees were then blessed and two young helpers put toast on the trees & sprinkled cider at their base to encourage new growth and fruit.

Afterwards the revellers returned to the Youth Club to enjoy hot apple juice from the Orchard and a variety of apple cakes made by volunteers from Congresbury Youth Partnership.

Editorial & photographs by Peter Hughes & Bryony Goodesmith

Bowler Ant is national champion

Congresbury bowler Anthony Page is an England champion after winning an indoor tournament in Nottingham last weekend.

Ant won the Disability Bowls England National Singles for Non-classified members at Nottingham at his first attempt.

He won three tough rounds before winning overall in the fourth round 19-13.

“The last round was nip and tuck at first, then I managed to get ahead in the last few ends,” said Ant, aged 45, who lives in Worle.

Champion: Congresbury’s Ant Page

He was brought up in Wolverhampton and first started bowling at age 11 on crown greens.

“My father got me into it. My four uncles played too,” said Ant.

“It was my life. It was everything I did, six nights a week from April to September.

“I got to county standard and played for Staffordshire at junior level.”

He started bowling again in 2017 when he joined Congresbury, and in 2018 won three of the club’s singles titles and reached the final of the men’s championship.

Ant, who works in a supermarket bakery, was born with a condition called scoliosis – curvature of the spine – which is painful at times.

Congresbury Bowling Club’s 2019 season starts on April 13.

New members are welcome. Turn up every Monday at 6pm for coaching. Equipment provided.

The Strawberry Line – 5 years on

Michael Greaves shares his reflections on the last 5 years of the Strawberry line…..

In 2013 I wrote a monthly account of my walks along the ‘Strawberry Line’ from The Old Station to Thatcher’s Cider Factory. Thanks to my Daughter lending me one of bikes, I have taken to the saddle and enjoyed a few leisurely rides along the ‘Old Railway Line’ and thought some might be interested in what’s happened in the last 5 years.

                    

Looking back at my account of September 2013, we were remembering the last train that travelled from Wells to Yatton on 7th September 1963 – 50 years ago. I haven’t seen any accounts of the 55 years that have now elapsed, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years.   Firstly, the Strawberry Line is as beautiful as ever. We are so fortunate to have this open space on our door step. I haven’t been as far as Thatcher’s Orchards for a few years and not since we lost our beloved Black Labrador ‘Minton’. He was the main reason I walked along the Strawberry Line every morning and evening. But, its pure magic and the views are spectacular with wildlife in abundance.  Read more

Big Breakfast for Weston Hospicecare

The BIG BREAKFAST in CONGRESBURY for WESTON HOSPICE CARE will take place a bit earlier than usual this year, on SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 9.30 to 12.00. It will also be changing venue and will take place in the METHODIST HALL (approx. opposite the Ship and Castle car park) There will be the full breakfast or lighter bites, stalls, raffle and more. This is always a big fund raiser for WHC so please put it in your diary and come along and support us.

Middlecombe Nursery Celebrates 30 years in Congresbury

Established since 1988, Middlecombe is very much a family business run by husband and wife, Nigel and Isy North. It’s home to a wonderful selection of shrubs, perennials, climbers, grasses, conifers and trees, many grown on site, alongside quality Dutch and Italian stock including large specimen plants for instant gardens and a wide selection of exotics, palms and bamboos.

Situated a short distance from the A370 between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, on the edge of the village of Congresbury, the site covers approximately three acres in a slightly hidden countryside setting.

The nursery has car parking and is within easy walking distance of a Bus Stop on the Bristol road. 

Wrington Road, Congresbury, BS49 5AN
 
Open to the general public. Check the website for seasonal opening times.

Big Breakfast Success

What a great event we had today. The sun shone and we were very busy the whole morning with a jolly crowd enjoying a full English breakfast. There were cakes, jams and cards for sale, a guess the cake competition and a raffle. Thank you to all who contributed either by helping or by dining. A special thanks to the organiser, Kath Kemplay, who did a brilliant job taking over from the wonderful Julie Gosling this year. We raised £1,455 for Hospicecare, well done!
Remember to take all your unwanted clothes and items to the Hospicecare shop in Broad Street, and have a look for something nice while you are there.

See our Facebook page for more photos.

Victories for Congresbury bowlers

Congresbury men celebrated winning the C&D Evening League for the first time in the modern era as well as gaining promotion from Somerset North1 to Premier 2 for 2018. To cap a remarkable season, the B team also clinched promotion from North 2 after a nail-biting victory over closest rivals Bristol B in the final game of the season.

The men were also finalists in the North Somerset KO Cup, losing to Victoria and reached the semi-final of the 4D competition, losing by just one point to eventual winners Clevedon Prom.

Congresbury Chronicle

Please look out for the latest issue of the Congresbury Chronicle that will have been delivered to your house recently. If you need a spare copy you can find them in the Library, in the Parish Office or in the Fish and Chip shop in the precinct.

 

New support centre for those living with Alzheimer’s

A new local drop-in centre aimed to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well as their carers or anyone who wants to know more about dementia is now operating in Wrington.
The information hub and café is being run with the support of Yeo Valley Lions Club who are working with the Dorset and Somerset Locality of the Alzheimer’s Society to help develop services to support families in the Yeo Valley area.
The hub is open from 10am to midday on the first Tuesday of each month in the Reading Room, Wrington. It is being run by Helen Harvey-Foster, a dementia support worker with the Alzheimer’s Society, who can be contacted on 077404 56706.
The hub offers not just a wealth of information but also tea, coffee and cake.
Dementia is a progressive disease of the brain and currently over 850,000 people are living with the condition; this is predicted to increase to more than a million by 2025.
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Hermine Ellis – A Full and Interesting Life

The large congregation, which filled St. Andrew’s church, Congresbury, on May 5th, for a celebration of the life of Hermine Ellis, was indicative of her wide circle of friends and her involvement in the village. Hermine, who died at the age of 90, was born in Saarland, Germany, into a Catholic family of 11 children, and her childhood was spent in wartime Germany.   Read more
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Family Fun Day

St Andrews PTA has a family fun day planned for Friday 16th June 2017 from 5pm.
Everyone welcome. There will be loads of games and stalls for the children to enjoy plus a BBQ, bar, bottle tombola, raffle plus cakes and refreshments. The event is sponsored by Robin King Estate agents who are donating a star prize for our raffle.

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Betty Sutton Memorial

Betty Sutton who has died aged 90

Abundant flowers decorated Congresbury Methodist Church for the Thanksgiving service of Betty Sutton, on March 6th, reflecting that many of her 90 years of life, centred on flowers.

Born in Oldmixon, Betty attended Hutton village school, and then moved to Weston-super-Mare, where she was a Girl Guide and joined the Red Cross.   She met her husband Derrick at a village dance when he was stationed at R.A.F. Locking.    Aged 16, she moved to London and worked as a Red Cross nurse in the Soho Women’s Hospital, before returning to the West Country to train as a State Registered nurse at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

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Wyn Daniel 1951-2017

Wyn Daniel: a hugely popular figure in the village

Wales and rugby were two main strands running through the DNA of Wyn Daniel, a well-known local rugby player and popular teacher, who died suddenly aged 65.

Born in Cardigan. Wyn spent most of his early life on his parents’ small farm in Pembrokeshire. He was always involved in sport, but his passion was rugby, and he gained a County schoolboys cap in Pembroke and competed at national level in the shot put.

Studying as a teacher in Cardiff, he met his future wife, Carolyn, also a student there, and they married in 1974.

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Do you have a story to share?

Do you have a military service background?

Did you complete National Service?

Did your husband or wife serve in the Armed Forces?

The Village Agents would like to hear from you as part of a mapping project that will inform the provision of support to those who are members of the Armed Forces family.

The Rural Hidden Heroes project has been celebrating the service of servicemen and women and their spouses, widows, widowers and dependents. Many local people have stepped forward to share their stories and we would like to bring those together for an exhibition and community event.

For more information or to add your details please contact alison@wern.org.uk or call 01275 333 700

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Afternoon Woman’s Institute

The Congresbury afternoon WI meet in the Methodist Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 and are a small, very friendly group, always happy to welcome visitors and new members.
Further information from our President, Val Harding, on 01934 833396 or the Secretary, Susan Hibberd, on 01934 833544

Click here for the 2017 programme

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New Village Hall – we need your help

Having achieved outline planning permission, the project team have set a deadline of the end of December 2019 for the new building to be open. To ensure we can meet this timescale we need the whole community to get actively involved, particularly we are looking for villagers / businesses that can help:

  • Develop and progress the project, particularly with the following skills / expertise:
  Accounting   Legal
  Building design and construction   Major grant funding
  Community shares / crowdfunding   Publicity
  Community engagement   Social media
  Human Resources   Web design

 

  • With providing services, resources etc. to reduce the build and running costs e.g.
    • Fitting out –   Community café, security system, booking system etc
    • Equipment –   Lighting, sound, catering etc
    • Furniture
  • Organising and running fundraising activities.

Please contact either Lester Biffin on 01934 876082 or Graham Lovesey on 01934 838916 or email info@congnvh.org.uk